PITTSBURGH, PA – For the last four seasons, the Washington Capitals have lacked a center. Friday night in the City of Bridges, they may have finally plugged the hole.
George McPhee pulled off yet another coup, landing pivot Mike Ribeiro from the Dallas Stars for pennies – center Cody Eakin and the 54th overall pick in the 2012 Draft.
Ribeiro, 32, would seem to be the answer to the Capitals’ glaring hole at center. Standing 6’0”, the Montreal native had 18 goals and 45 assists this past season and has not scored fewer than 63 points in a full season over the last five campaigns.
“We wanted to add a little bit of skill to our lineup,” McPhee said. “I just didn’t like the way we played in the playoffs. We got some big, gritty forwards and we just wanted to put another guy in the middle of it to see if it helps. I think it makes our team immediately better.”
When asked if plugging the second line center hole was the top priority this offseason, McPhee simply responded,